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I do it in 5-mans all the time.
And when I solo Warbringers. Or anything, for that matter.
Raid environment, though? I wouldn't.
Let's see, Defense tab stats:
DPS gear, ilvl 505:
Health - 534763
Armor - 51088
Dodge - 5.02
Parry - 22.97
Mastery - 124.02
Tank gear, ilvl 488:
Health - 559067
Armor - 50312
Dodge - 9.39
Parry - 22.09
Mastery - 150.09
96 Human Death Knight
It is mainly because of our stat priority. We rely heavily on mastery... it so tasty <3. So if a dps gear drops that has high mastery we can use it. My raid leader also pointed out that DPS and Tanks do share some loot. This is mainly because each tank has their own stat priority like Protadins using haste.
Like Malm said... for a raid I wouldn't.
The OP clearly hasn't looked at Monks.
Not for tanking...
Why am I hearing more and more that Blood DKs can effectively tank with DPS gear over Tank gear? Is there any truth to this?
Gear is not the strongest variable for minimizing the damage that a Blood DK takes. How they play is significantly more important.
Some of them play well enough to realize that they have more survivability than is necessary, so they can swap tanking pieces for DPS pieces. How much gear they swap depends on how much excess survivability they have, which depends on both skill and the difficulty of the content.
It's not about minimizing how much mana your healer has to burn; it's about making sure your healer has enough healing throughput to keep up with your damage intake, and making sure the latter never exceeds the former.
We often use DPS gear, as many of the "tank" items have only parry/dodge. These stats, for most DK are rated fairly low. We primarily look for gear with Sta/Str and then a hefty dose of mastery. Most of the time that requires us to take a mastery/haste or mastery/crit item ... we end up reforging the haste/crit into dodge or parry... but we are mainly after the mastery. For example of our T15 tier... only the head and shoulders have mastery.... the rest of the non-teir items I have looked for the odd "tank" item w/ mastery but many of them are "DPS".
Edited by Boneshield on 4/27/2013 6:44 AM PDT
tl;dr the only thing that tank gear has that dps gear doesn't is avoidance and tank set bonuses / trinket procs, and avoidance blows.
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